Colleges Crossing is a Brisbane River bridge that crosses at Chuwar, a suburb of Ipswich in South East Queensland, Australia. The location is the point where the tidal influences no longer affect the waters of the river. The road across the bridge is Mount Crosby Road. During major floods the road becomes impassable.
The crossing was constructed to replace a previous structure which had been washed away during floods. It was opened in 1894 with a ceremony that was attended by the Mayor of Ipswich, H.E. Wyman.
Located here was a park, known as Colleges Crossing Recreational Reserve. It was completely destroyed during the 2010-11 floods, which saw a rise in the water level of over 17 metres with strong currents.
The park was equipped with barbecues, playground facilities, a cafe, lookouts, boat ramp, bird hide and clean water for drinking. Swimming, canoeing, kayaking and fishing were also popular in the area.
Four and half kilometres upstream from Colleges Crossing is the Mount Crosby Weir and Mount Crosby Pumping Station. Downstream from the crossing swimming is not recommended due to the presence of bull sharks and due to poor water quality. In January 1939 the Courier Mail reported the landing of a 4ft 6in bluenose shark on a rod and reel at the popular bathing spot.
- Bridges over the Brisbane River
- ^ "Colleges Crossing". Courier Mail. http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/photo-gallery/gallery-e6frf94x-1225993255498?page=7/. Retrieved 15 February 2011.
- ^ "Colleges Crossing". Ipswich City Council. http://www.ipswich.qld.gov.au/about_ipswich/parks_reserves_precincts/colleges_crossing/. Retrieved 3 January 2010.
- ^ "Visit Colleges Crossing, a great place to relax". Media Release. Ipswich City Council. 14 December 2009. http://www.ipswich.qld.gov.au/about_council/media/view_release/?id=2265&action=viewMediaRelease. Retrieved 3 January 2010.
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